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Prince Caspian: You Gotta See It!
This was an awesome movie.

Did I mention it was great?

It really was.

I didn't like The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I guess because it was my favorite movie as a child it just couldn't live up to the hype. I loved the little girl who played Lucy, though. She was exactly how I pictured her.

Caspian, though, is better than the book. I agree with Frederica Matthewes-Green on this one: The movie trumps the book.

Here's her take:

Every once in awhile, a movie improves on the book on which it is based. In my bold opinion, Prince Caspian, the second Disney film drawn from C. S. Lewis’s beloved Chronicles of Narnia, is such a movie. Criticism of C. S. Lewis is rightly taboo, but facts are facts: Prince Caspian, the book, is a dud.

It was the second to be written in the series, and it’s rushed and thin. You’ll remember from the first book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, that the four Pevensie siblings find their way into the land of Narnia through a mysterious wardrobe. In Prince Caspian they are called back to Narnia again, where they must help young Prince Caspian claim his rightful throne. Unfortunately, they land nowhere near Caspian, so most of the book is occupied with the Pevensies’ struggle to cross mountains and rivers to get to him. (The action also pauses for four chapters so that a dwarf can fill us in on Prince Caspian’s life so far.) When they finally meet Caspian there is a brief battle and a happy ending, and before you know it you’re
running into the opening pages of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (a much better book).


Purists may not like it, because they did add some things. Peter and Caspian have a rivalry going on that isn't in the book, but it works in the movie. And to be honest, I find it hard to believe that there wouldn't have been a rivalry.

You start to understand, from what happens in the movie, why Susan went off the rails later in life, too.

And the scene with the White Witch is appropriate and ties up some loose ends.

So I liked it. A lot of action, good morals, and great characters.

Rebecca, my 13-year-old, was disappointed that they didn't depict the walk Lucy took with Aslan. That was the most spiritual part of the book and they left it out. They did put in tidbits in other places, though, so I suppose that is sort of redeeming.

All in all, at least a 4 1/2 stars.

Interestingly, I've read some reviews that hated it. They were disgusted that the point of the movie was honor, valor, or participating in something bigger than yourself. And at one point, a commenter said that "the hero had to learn to be humble before he could succeed." And he said that as if it were a bad thing.

The movie does seem anachronistic in today's world. It's not every man for himself. It's not success at all costs. It's not back-stabbing. It's acting nobly and honorably, and that is a rare thing indeed.

I wish we could go back to those days where self-sacrifice in a good cause was more the norm, rather than just looking out for oneself. C.S. Lewis always leaves me feeling peaceful, and I did after seeing that movie because of the uplifting theme. If some people don't like it, I think that reflects more on them than it does on the movie.

As for what age to see it, that's difficult to say. I think 8 and up would have no problem. Battle scenes abound, but no blood. So it's not gory. Below 8 you'd have to use your judgment. But this is a keeper.

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3 Comments:

At 12:36 AM , Blogger Donnetta (momrn2) said…

We plan to take our 12 year old son to see it!! We're debating about our 10 year old daughter. At this point we're leaning towards not.

The first one was a bit scary for her and I've heard that this one is much more intense as far as battle scenes etc.

What do you think? How did the "scary" parts and the battle scenes ratio in this one compare to the first?

 

At 8:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said…

I liked the whole movie except storming the kings castle. Too much fighting for me.

 

At 11:37 PM , Blogger Teresa said…

We saw this movie yesterday, and your post describes my feelings to a "T." We finished the book on Thursday, and I was disappointed in it. I have to admit that I wasn't as excited to see the movie due to the book...but WOW...I loved the movie! I liked having read the book beforehand, so that I understood Caspian better. However, I liked what they added and thought it enhanced the book. Two thumbs up from me!!! My 13 year old daughter was disappointed in the same deleted scene as your daughter, but like you I felt like they made up for it.

 
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